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Lisa Waugh
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The show that launched some of the biggest comedy careers, and sunk a few, signed on the air on October 11, 1975 on NBC. Saturday Night Live (originally titled NBC’s Saturday Night) was a cult hit with a nation hungry for something edgy. And, man, was the show edgy. The 1970s SNL cast was full of big names, some of whom made their debut as part of the Saturday Night Live original cast.

Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels was a comedian, writer, and producer from Toronto who wanted to introduce a new format to American audiences that would shake things up a bit. Saturday Night Live featured sketches, musical guests, and some rather odd pre-taped sketches, all performed and broadcast in front of a live studio audience.

The Saturday Night Live cast in the '70s was a group of unknowns who were willing to try just about anything to make each other laugh and, hopefully, entertain the audience. Would the cast break, trip up, or totally go off prompter? People tuned in in droves to find out.

The '70s SNL cast produced comedy legends like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, and Bill Murray (all among the best Saturday Night Live cast members of all time). It was also America's first glimpse of The Muppets. The seventies was a perfect time to launch a show this weird and the zany early Saturday Night Live cast brought many memorable characters and sketches into American pop culture.

But which '70s SNL cast members are the best? Vote up the top Saturday Night Live stars from the 1970s below and have your voice heard!

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Bill Murray is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Bill Murray 1950-09-21 - 1977-1980

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+ - 340 46
Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Dan Aykroyd 1952-07-01 - 1975-1979

3
+ - 315 51
John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
John Belushi 1949-01-24 - 1975-1979

4
+ - 315 55
Chevy Chase is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Chevy Chase 1943-10-08 - 1975-1976

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+ - 265 72
Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Gilda Radner 1946-06-28 - 1975-1980

6
+ - 207 86
Jane Curtin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Jane Curtin 1947-09-06 - 1975-1980

7
+ - 128 122
Garrett Morris is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Garrett Morris 1937-02-01 - 1975-1980

8
+ - 119 130
Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Laraine Newman 1952-03-02 - 1975-1980

9
+ - 80 162
Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Al Franken 1951-05-21 - 1975-1980

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+ - 93 127
Don Novello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Don Novello 1943-01-01 - 1978-1980

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+ - 71 130
Paul Shaffer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Paul Shaffer 1949-11-28 - 1975-1980

12
+ - 25 137
Tom Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Tom Davis 1952 - 1977-1980

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Michael O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best SNL Cast Members of the '70s
Michael O'Donoghue 1940-01-05 - 1975-1979